Monks, Kenneth Bevan
Died December 8, 2005 at St. Joseph’s Extended Care Unit in Courtenay at the age of 97. Bevan was born in Bristol, England on April 19, 1908. He came to Canada at the age of four with his family, settling in Montreal. A true child of the Depression, he worked at many different jobs before studying agriculture at MacDonald College. While working as an agronomist in North Hatley, Quebec, he met Connie Sprigings, his wife of 65 years. Over the subsequent years, Bevan farmed, worked at summer camps and taught school. He was an ordained Anglican minister, and served in several Ontario and Quebec parishes, as well as being a school and Army chaplain. Bevan had lived in the Comox Valley since 1997.
Noted for his love of children and family, for his sense of humour and inventiveness, and for his perseverance and independence, Bevan will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Survived by loving wife Connie and son Richard (Margaret) of Courtenay; by grandchildren Harley and Julia of Vancouver, and Ashley (Melissa) of Toronto; by great-grandchildren Aubrey and Rowen of Vancouver; and by brother Eric of St. Catharine’s. Pre-deceased by daughter Julia Beverley, and by siblings Phyllis, Newton, Stella and David.
Many thanks to the staff of Casa Loma, and of the Extended Care Unit, and to doctors Potter-Cogan and Schovanek.
A private family remembrance will be held at a later date. Comox Valley Funeral Home and Crematorium, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay, BC entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the SPCA, Box 1284, Comox, B.C. V9N 7Z8.